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Teacher Trainings

Nature-based trainings and schoolyard consultations are available on our site or yours. Cincinnati Nature Center offers scheduled trainings throughout the year, as well as shortened sessions for school or district in-services. Contact Melissa Sabo at for more information or to schedule a specialized training at your school.

Events are offered throughout the year by Cincinnati Nature Center to provide public and private school teachers positive social, personal and educational experiences in nature. Some events will include teachers and their families, while others are for teachers only. Dates and times will vary based on topic.


Summer Teacher Retreat: Schoolyard Plants & Animals

Thursday, June 16 & Friday, June 17, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Green spaces all over the city have been used over the past year to give students (and teachers!) a boost to their emotional well-being, a change of scenery, and fresh air. Join us for a two-day workshop focused on how to use the resources you have while forming ideas for what you want. Workshop is most appropriate for teachers grades 2-5. Other grade levels and any subject areas welcome. Teacher $80 (includes daily admission).

Songs And Stories For Early Childhood Educators With Dr. Michelle Martin

Friday, June 17, 7-9 pm

Preregistration is required.

Join SWOAEYC & Cincinnati Nature Center for this evening of songs, skits, and stories with Dr. Michelle Martin of Camp Read-a-Rama. Our Nature Preschool building will also be open for a walk-through. We'll enjoy a short evening hike followed by a campfire filled with interactive fun. Light snacks provided. Free to early childhood educators and SWOAEYC members.

Dr. Michelle Martin, a native of South Carolina,  is the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington, where she has taught current and future librarians since 2016. From 2011-2016, she was the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Professor for Children and Youth Services in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. She began hosting Read-a-Rama programs in 2001 as service learning for her students out of her love for both children’s literature and Girl Scouting. In 2008, during her 12 years as Clemson University English faculty, she met Dr. Washington, Clemson faculty in Teacher Education, and they co-taught a class on Ethnic Children’s Literature that resulted in the very first Camp Read-a-Rama. Martin is the author of Brown Gold: Milestones of African American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002.

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Teacher Memberships

All teachers who bring their students on a field trip to Cincinnati Nature Center will be offered a free Individual Membership (or a credit towards a higher membership level).

Click Here to find out more about Cincinnati Nature Center member benefits.